30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 3

Yesterday I talked about my current WIP’s…those that are actively being worked on. Today’s question jumps off of yesterday’s by asking:

Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Doesn’t everyone? Okay, maybe not everyone does…especially those that are monogamous knitters. I’ve got three that have been hibernating for a long time and I would dearly love to get at least one of them back in the current status pile. So, let’s take a look, shall we?

Chunky Blanket by Lynne Knowlton (free pattern)

I first saw this blanket on another blog and fell in love with it. I ordered the super bulky yarn and the humongous needles, as I didn’t have either on hand. I started out with 3 strands held together and size US 50 needles. Let me tell you, it was rough! It was way too bulky to work with and was hurting my hands and arms. I experimented a little and finally went down to one strand of yarn and size US 19 needles. That made it a little easier; however I think I was a little disenchanted. This was started on April 20, 2015…which was only a couple of months after I really started knitting, so maybe if I picked it up again now it would seem much easier than it did back then. For now, it lives in a drawer and the 50 bazillion balls of yarn are in a clear tote mocking me for taking up so much room for such a long time.

Bernat Really Big yarn in the color Morocco

Folded Squares Cardigan by Purl Soho (free pattern)

I was so excited when I saw this pattern. One of my knitter friends from our Thursday Knitting Group Meetup knit this and showed it off during our Show and Tell session. All of us tried it on and it was fabulous. I immediately looked up the pattern and got to planning. I knew that I didn’t have enough yarn for it and definitely didn’t want to spend a gazillion dollars on the Purl Soho yarn, so off to Knit Picks I went. I think they were having a sale at the time and I purchased the Comfy Sport in the color Planetarium for a really good deal. I can’t quite capture the color on camera; however it is a beautiful blue that I think will be neutral enough to go with just about everything. The only thing I don’t like is that it is fuzzing inside my project bag. I hope that is not a harbinger of things to come. I started this on September 24, 2015 so it’s been almost a year since I cast on…and this is the one that I really, really want to complete. It would be so perfect for fall!

30 Garter Ridges

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder (free pattern)

I have one of these socks complete and the other is about 10 rows into the cuff. I adore the yarn and was having such fun with the pattern. Why did I put them down and start another pair of socks instead? I started this project on September 26th and put it down for a long time for Christmas gift knitting. When I picked it back up in January of this year, I must have forgotten to mark a row complete on my pattern. I messed up the pattern in the foot section and have been debating for a long time about whether to just frog it and start over. Or to frog to where it was messed up; however I did that twice and still couldn’t get back on pattern. Indecision has kept me wavering and so this sits in its little project bag with a pair of my size US 1’s. Maybe, someday, I’ll pick it up again.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Stefanie says:

    Bulky yarn can be fun to knit with but you’re correct. For such a big project it takes a toll on your hands and wrists. Maybe just a row or so a day. I can’t wait to knit socks for myself but Christmas jeers at me. I’m still dragging my heels on my projects.

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    1. I might have to try that instead of leaving it sitting there languishing. A row a day is still progress! I’ve got Christmas on the brain too; however I’m not sure if I’m going to make it this year. I have the yarn, I have the patterns, I have the hot water bottles…I just need to be able to knit 🙂


  2. Knit Potion says:

    What a great bunch of WIPs! Every time I see another pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks I’m astonished that I’ve never knit a pair. They are so darn cute!

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    1. Thanks Melinda! You should totally knit a pair of those socks. It’s a lovely pattern and easy to memorize 🙂


  3. Jessica says:

    I love bulky yarn (I am a beginner) Wow!! Size us 50 needles!!!Thats pretty cool! Xx


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    1. Yep, size US 50’s are pretty darn cool 🙂 It’s just working with them for awhile that’s the hard part. Maybe if I had been knitting a scarf or hat it would have worked; however it was too hard holding three strands of super bulky yarn together plus the needles themselves. I might give it a try again in the future 🙂 Congrats on starting to knit! I will follow along on your journey to see how you grow as a knitter 😀

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      1. Jessica says:

        Where did you even find those needles???!

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      2. I bought them from a shop on Etsy. However, they can also be purchased from Amazon or different yarn stores. If you do a Google search, you’ll see lots of places!

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      3. Jessica says:

        Ok thanks ! That’s super helpful!!

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  4. Amalia says:

    Have you finished the chunky blanket? I’m considering making it but can’t decide between it and another, so I’d like to see more pictures of it!

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    1. I have not finished it as I am recovering from a knitting injury; however if you go to the Ravelry page with projects, you’ll see others finished objects. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chunky-blanket/people


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